831 species

Lobophyllia flabelliformis

Veron, 2000


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Colonies are large, usually dome-shaped. They are flabello-meandroid with closely compacted elongate valleys. Despite a robust appearance, large colonies readily break apart. Polyps have a thick fleshy mantle which obscures the underlying skeletal structure and thus this species appears to be a Symphyllia underwater. If the mantle is touched it retracts revealing the underlying growth-form, where valleys have no walls in common. The mantle is covered with elongate papillae that may resemble tentacles.

Colour: Uniform dark grey-brown.

Similar Species: Lobophyllia robusta, which does not have such a completely flabello-meandroid growth-form. Superficially similar to Symphyllia underwater.

Habitat: Most shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Taxonomic References: Veron (2000a); Veron (2002a);

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change